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Chief Legal Counsel - Employee Relations (re-ad)

Jefferson County Public Schools | GOLDEN CO 80401 USA | Full Time - School Year | Revised: 08/05/2014

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This position is open to all Internal and External applicants.

Pay, Benefits, Days Worked

Start Date: July 1, 2014
Salary Range: $100,846 - $158,575/yr.
Days Worked: 229
Benefit Eligible: Yes

Closing Information

This job opening will close on: September 1, 2014
(Re-advertised - previous applicants need not reapply.)


SUMMARY: Provide District-wide, general in-house legal support including, but not limited to, providing leadership for compliance with federal, state, and local laws relating to staff, students, and public. Direct all employee relations activities. Represent the Board of Education (BOE) and Superintendent concerning labor relations with employee organizations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Direct employee relations activities including providing advice to District managers on employee work issues dealing with over 12,000 full and part-time employees, two different labor agreements, and working in a variety of working conditions.

Manage the Department of Employee Relations.

As appropriate, represent the District's legal interest during complex meetings, arbitration, hearings, negotiations, and telephone conferences.

Represent, counsel, advise, instruct, and defend school administrators, District administrators, and District Superintendent regarding a wide variety of complex legal matters.

Advise the Board of Education on pending legal matters and Board compliance with open meetings and open records laws.

Direct and manage the legal work of the District generally including the assignment of work to external legal counsel.

As appropriate, review a wide variety of written correspondence and legal documents for the District including contracts, leases, policies, agreements, and position statements.

Lead case management teams to ensure sound employment discipline decisions are made and implemented.

Provide expert advice on all issues related to the Employee Relations Department including advising District managers in discipline and performance issues, grievances, hearings and disputes. Represent the District's position in hearings, disputes, and arbitrations, when required. Ensure that all required state and federal reports are accurate and submitted by deadlines.

Ensure that all managers and supervisors comply with applicable laws, policies, and negotiated agreements. Analyze and establish instruction and training programs to promote compliance with applicable policies and procedures.

Act as the primary point of contact with the District's employee associations in working through employee performance and conduct issues as well as disputes concerning violations of the bargaining contracts.

Lead negotiations with the largest employee associations in the state including working with the Board of Education to prepare negotiating parameters, conducting preparation meetings with the District's bargaining representatives to ensure that proposals and responses are professional and effective, and leading and conducting negotiation sessions.

Manage the District's ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance and response.

Manage the District's non-renewal process.

Other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EXPERIENCE 7-10 years experience in Employee Relations, including 5-7 years experience in labor relations or a related field. Requires legal experience in labor/employment law, employment and personnel law, and student rights laws. Experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements and experience with broader range of education law issues preferred but not required.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING Juris Doctorate degree required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS License to practice law in Colorado, or the ability to become licensed.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, & EQUIPMENT Demonstrated skills in conflict management, problem-solving strategies, budgeting, resource allocation and prioritization, data analysis, collaborative decision making, and group facilitation. Expert knowledge in leading negotiation processes within established parameters. Excellent writing and speaking skills and training skills. Knowledge of labor and employment law, collective bargaining, employment and personnel law, and student rights laws. Knowledge of and experience with basic computer operation and word processing.

DECISION MAKING Decision making requires independent judgment; legal interpretation; analysis; and application of District, federal, state, and local policies, regulations, and laws to implement policies, laws, and legislation affecting employees, students, and the public and to represent the District in employment, grievances, disputes, education, contract negotiation, and ADA matters. Responsible for leading case management teams to determine appropriate consequences or discipline. The quality of these decisions has a profound impact on the climate and culture of the organization. Errors in decision making could impact the quality of the workforce, quality of student education, staffing, budget, integrity of the department and/or District, and/or public's confidence. Errors could lead to substantial embarrassment to the District, BOE, and Superintendent and/or serious legal ramifications.

COMMUNITY RELATIONS Daily contact with classified staff, professional staff, School Support Team, outside legal counsel, parents, EEOC, and OCR to set critical policy and to respond to issues, complaints and charges. Weekly contact with advisory committees, Cabinet, and students to set critical policy. Monthly contact with Board and state legislature/congressional staff to set critical policy; and with citizen/patron committees, general public, vendors/contractors, and local government to negotiate controversial matters. Annual contact with the media to furnish information.

SPAN OF CONTROL Directly supervises five employees in the Employee Relations Department. Positions supervised include Director, Licensed Employee Relations; Director, Classified Employee Relations; two Investigators; and an Administrative Assistant. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.

EDUCATIONAL DELIVERY Provide support to schools and students by providing direction, advice, influence, and training to District leadership regarding policy development, interpretation, and implementation; by negotiating and problem-solving with employee groups; and by ensuring District compliance with laws established to protect employees and students. Provide direct services to District leadership and departments by resolving legal issues and by providing legal training, analysis, and support. The majority of time is not spent on the school site.

COMPLEXITY OF WORK Work is self-directed and assigned via applicable policies, laws, and negotiated agreements; work may also be assigned by Superintendent. Requires independent judgment and global thinking within applicable rules and the ability to develop solutions where policies and procedures are not clearly defined. Must have a comprehensive understanding of all rules, regulations, and contracts affecting the District, its employees, and students. Must analyze all facts and circumstances involved, utilize objective and rational reasoning, and understand the impact the decision will have from a global perspective. Ability to lead negotiations with the largest employee associations in the state

The physical demands, work environment characteristics, and mental functions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

MENTAL FUNCTIONS While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to compare, analyze, communicate, coordinate, instruct, synthesize, evaluate, use interpersonal skills, and negotiate. The employee is frequently required to reflect on systemic processes to identify areas that could fail and identify appropriate corrective mechanisms to prevent such events, as well as compute and compile. The employee is occasionally required to copy.

WORK ENVIRONMENT While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Jefferson County School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or age in its programs and activities.

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Location GOLDEN, CO, United States
Annual Salary 100,846.00 - 158,575.00/Yearly
Categories Human Resources/Talent Management
Organization Type Public School
Experience Years 5 yrs

Location Maptop

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Job Code 598430